2008 BMW X5 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2008 BMW X5

2008 BMW X5 Problems

Check Engine Light and/or Engine Overheating

The thermostat may fail resulting in engine overheating and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light. Replacement of the thermostat along with a complete inspection of the cooling system will be necessary to correct this concern.

Overheating can cause severe engine damage. If the engine begins to overheat it is recommended to stop at the first available location and have your vehicle towed to a repair shop.

Oil Leaks From Engine Area

Valve cover gasket leaks are common after 60,000 miles. Symptoms will include oil drips under the vehicle and burning oil smell from the engine compartment.

Coolant Loss Due to Leak from Expansion Tank

An engine coolant leak may develop from the expansion tank resulting in engine overheating. When a cooling system component fails the entire cooling system should be inspected. It is not uncommon to find additional component have failed or are leaking.

Overheating can cause severe engine damage. If the engine begins to overheat it is recommended to stop at the first available location and have your vehicle towed to a repair shop.

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2008 BMW X5 Questions

Battery replacement (1 answer)

Replacement battery

HELP! Sell my car or go for megacost repairs for water damage on a 2008 BMW X5? (1 answer)

I am in the middle of a catastrophe after having been out of the country for 5 years. I left my brand new 2008 BMW X5 in the care of a relative who left the vehicle outside and unattended for the past 3 years. Apparently the water drains all clogged in the sunroof and leaked into the car. The bra...

Heater issues on 2008 X5 4.8i, 125k miles! (1 answer)

Recently (in the last 4 to 6 weeks), my heater stopped working on the passenger side. The blowers work fine, it's just that the air is suddenly cold no matter what the temp settings. In the last week or so, the driver side starts out warm, but after a while it starts blowing cold as well. the...

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2008 BMW X5 Recalls

Driver's Frontal Air Bag Inflator Ruptures And Sprays Metal Fragments

The driver's frontal air bag inflator may deploy the air bag with excessive pressure, resulting in the inflator rupturing and causing metal debris to be sprayed onto vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag free of charge to resolve the concern.

The Brake System Power Assist May Fail

All modern vehicles use some type of power assist for the braking system. The 8 cylinder models being recalled use a vacuum pump, connected to the power booster by a vacuum hose, to provide the necessary assist. The vacuum pump may leak a small amount of lubricating oil into the vacuum hose and this contamination could result in a loss of power assist, leading to increased stopping distances. Dealers will correct this concern by replacing the brake vacuum line with an improved version.

Fuel Pump Failure

The fuel pump may fail and cause the engine to stall. Dealers will replace the fuel pump inside the fuel tank free of charge to resolve the problem.

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2008 BMW X5 Reviews

The worst truck I have ever had. Never again. And they talk about ford.
When it's running,it's great.But when you have problems with it. Ether you know what your doing,when it comes to working on it yourself or have plenty $$$$$.
My x5 has been nothing but problems. It's great to drive when it's fine but it spends most of the time in the shop. Will not purchase another BMW again! Be prepared to spend a lot in repairs even if you don't go to a dealer for service. Very disappointed not to mention the lack of thought in the design. Buyer beware..

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